Ashberry Nature Reserve
This timelessly tranquil valley owes its mosaic of rare habitats to the site’s underlying geology. A beautifully clear stream – in which freshwater shrimps and white-clawed crayfish live – and calcium-rich springs flow through the site. The marshy valley bottom hosts rare plants including bird’s-eye primrose, globeflower, marsh hawk’s-beard and grass-of-Parnassus. You might see fallow and roe deer on the valley sides too!
There is a small amount of roadside parking for the reserve. Access to the nature reserve is via a small gate. The site can be very wet in places, even during the summer, so wellies are advised.